Divergent: 5 out of 5 stars

Divergent series book 1

It’s books like this that make me wish I had any talent as a storyteller. This was so good!

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In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

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I know there has been some mixed opinions about this book with quite a few people actually enjoying the movie better but for me, Divergent started a love affair with this genre.

Divergent is a dystopian novel where society is split into five factions: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent).Pause for the plot twist…turns out there is a sixth option, Divergent.

Tris is such a badass and I like that while she does show her vulnerable side, she never plays the victim – something that seems to be lacking in a lot of books. Tris is a force of nature and that is clearly evident in the way she commands herself in the face of fear: from jumping off the roof first to taking a beating during training, Tris embodies key components of female empowerment.

Can we take a minute to talk about Four? Damn yo, that is a sexy man! Four has elements that make up the perfect book boyfriend: smart, funny, charismatic, kick ass and he has a body full of muscles. Four starts off as a jerk but as the story moves along and he gets to know Tris on a more personal level, he eases up and we get to see his more sensitive side.

Roth has put together a vivid world populated with a shit tonne of action and dynamic supporting characters.

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